8:52 P.M. MDT: The 77,160 tickets distributed tonight are a Broncos record. The in-house attendance was 76,645.
8:52 P.M. MDT: Packers nearing midfield; they now sit at their 49 … Second-and-6 … Crowd trying to get noisy again … A slew of flags fly as the Packers take a delay-of-game penalty.
8:54 P.M. MDT: Swing pass picks up eight … third-and-3 at the Denver 48 … empty backfield … Favre loses the football out of his hand … He recovers it, but the Pack will have to punt as they face fourth-and-9 from their 46.
8:55 P.M. MDT: Touchback on the punt; Broncos at their 20 to begin this drive with 12:37 left.
8:58 P.M. MDT: Vince Vaughn in the house. “What a great stadium this is,” he said. I should have worn my Speaker City T-shirt.
8:59 P.M. MDT: First Brandon Stokley plays pass defense to prevent an interception, then he slides for a 16-yard reception to move the Broncos to their 48.
9:00 P.M. MDT: Penalties shredding the Broncos tonight … this one, a holding penalty on Brandon Marshall, scuttles a potential game-breaking run by Selvin Young … not sure about the call, but it stands. Andre Hall runs three yards for a first down on the next play (the downfield holding put the Broncos in first-and-2) and Denver now sits at the Green Bay 42.
9:02 P.M. MDT: Well, that was the wackiest three-yard loss I’ve ever seen … if NFL Films still made the “Football Follies,” that Brandon Marshall aborted-throw-run-cutback-fadeback-run would have earned an instant place. Tremendous effort by Marshall to salvage a two-yard loss out of a play that could have set the Broncos back 10 or even 12 yards.
9:05 P.M. MDT: Matt Lepsis called for a false start.
9:07 P.M. MDT: Broncos punting on fourth-and-6 … Teams have combined for 21 penalties tonight … Todd Sauerbrun places it perfectly; it bounces at the 5 and is downed at the 3 by Curome Cox. 8:15 remains in the game.
9:10 P.M. MDT: And just like that, the Packers are out of the goalpost’s shadow; an 18-yard pass to Greg Jennings moves the Pack to its 21.
9:12 P.M. MDT: Third-and-9 for the Packers coming up here at the Green Bay 22 … Biggest defensive play of the game? We’ll see … Favre in the shotgun … and he finds Donald Driver for 17 yards … Favre has this habit of being like Mola Ram, the antagonist in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom — he rips your heart out of your chest and then holds it up and shows it to you before you die.
9:17 P.M. MDT: Denver’s defense finally gets the stop, but with a field goal required, it’ll be a tall order; Glenn Martinez fielded the Jon Ryan punt at the Denver 7-yard-line. The Broncos have two timeouts and 2:27 with which to work.
9:19 P.M. MDT: First-and-10 … Cutler lobs one for Scheffler … incomplete, but Atari Bigby takes the pass-interference penalty. That’s 17 yards. 2:21 left.
9:20 P.M. MDT: Selvin Young goes nowhere. Second-and-10 coming up after the two-minute warning.
9:22 P.M. MDT: Cutler short for Martinez … incomplete. Third-and-10 looms.
9:23 P.M. MDT: Fourth-and-2 now arrives after an 8-yard-pass to Brandon Stokley. Denver calls timeout with 1:37 left.
9:25 P.M. MDT: Here’s the ballgame … Cutler and the Broncos break the huddle … he is in the shotgun … Stokley in motion … high snap … he gets it … finds Stokley near the left sideline for the first down and seven yards, and he gets out of bounds. Broncos can reset at their 39 with 1:32 left.
9:26 P.M. MDT: Shotgun … Cutler witth the pocket collapsing … overthrows Stokley, who wants interference but won’t get it.
9:27 P.M. MDT: Cutler finds Brandon Marshall … and like the Seattle game last year, he bounces off defenders and goes for a ride up the rigth sideline … defensive holding on Charles Woodson is irrelevant, and the Broncos are in field-goal range with 1:16 left.
9:28 P.M. MDT: Cutler and the Broncos at the Packers 26 … shotgun … he gets it to Marshall again, who dances his way down to the Green Bay 14.
9:28 P.M. MDT: Clock ticking … down to 44 seconds … Cutler marshals the team … under center … snap at 37 seconds … hand it to Selvin Young who dances through Green Bay’s defense for an absolutely improbable 9-yard run, turning a 3-yard loss into a gain that now has the Broncos at the Green Bay 5. Twenty-five seconds left. Denver takes its final timeout.
9:30 P.M. MDT: Too much going on to adequately process right now … but the Marshall catch-and-run and Young’s little run … well … let me just say this: WOW.
9:31 P.M. MDT: Cutler looks for Marshall in the left corner, incomplete. It’s the kind of pass you have to call, because while you want a touchdown, you can’t risk a turnover here.
9:32 P.M. MDT: Oh boy … rushing the field goal team on the field after a run … tied … Elam drills the kick. Overtime in Denver. Can’t take many more of these games.
9:33 P.M. MDT: Coin toss … Packers call heads … and they win it.
9:35 P.M. MDT: A low line-drive kickoff … very returnable, but Andre Hall blows the return up at the Packers 18. Crowd going bananas.
9:36 P.M. MDT: Favre to Jennings past Dre’ Bly up the left sideline … 82 yards, ballgame.
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